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Poster: Alison OK Date: Nov 19, 2018 10:34am
Forum: news Subject: Library of Congress Blog: Sample a Taste of History This Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a holiday that evokes thoughts of food and history. Many items in the Library of Congress’ collections capture the intersection between food and history, but the most notable may be an 1881 cookbook in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division by a formerly enslaved person who during her life received an array of accolades for her culinary creativity.

Abby Fisher’s cookbook, “What Mrs. Fisher Knows about Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc.,” was a pioneering work. It was one of the first cookbooks to provide detailed instructions and precise measurements – Fisher wanted to ensure that even a novice cook would have success using her recipes. Her cookbook was also one of the first by an African-American, and the oldest known cookbook by a formerly enslaved person.

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